By Cristina Mazzoni, John Cirignano
Angela of Foligno is taken into account by means of many because the maximum mystical voice between Italian medieval ladies. She committed herself to a continuing pursuit of God while as a middle-aged lady she misplaced her mom, husband and kids; illiterate herself, she dictated her reviews to her confessor, who transcribed her phrases into Latin because the Memorial. In an instantaneous and lively kind, it tells of her soreness, visions, pleasure, id with Christ, and eventually her mystical union with God. despite the fact that, her e-book has regularly been seen with suspicion, certainly even bordering on heresy; her spirituality is going past traditional language in addition to past accredited doctrines and modes of prayer. This annotated choice from the Memorial is preceded via a biographical creation which locations Angela's textual content in its old, cultural, and religious context; the accompanying interpretive essay which follows compares Angela's adventure with that of twentieth-century Christian feminist theologians. the quantity is done with an annotated bibliography.
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The entire Memorial unfortunately could not be included for reasons of space, and Angela's text is so rich that each cut was a painful one. I included as much as possible about the role of the body and its interaction with the soul in Angela's mystical experience, since the fascination exerted by the history of the body is one of the reasons why the works of the mystics have recently claimed so much critical attention. In making editorial choices, I also focused on the way in which the Memorial came about, namely through the collaboration between Angela and her scribe, and I preserved most of the text that alludes to or explicitly deals with such collaboration.
Her human, woman's body encounters Christ's divine one, and it is only through this union, corporeal as well as spiritual, that she is capable of achieving a total imitatio Christi, a physical and spiritual imitation of Christ. 11 On this subject, see Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987); Rudolph Bell, Holy Anorexia (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985). Page 17 4. The Legacy of Angela of Foligno In spite of her enormous popularity during and immediately following her lifetime (although Angela is often referred to as "santa," she was never canonized), Angela of Foligno has been largely excluded from the standard classics of Italian literature.
The first twenty steps of Angela's Memorial, which follow the purgative and illuminative way, are marked by poverty and the progressive shedding of all earthly possessions, characteristic of Franciscan spirituality. The remaining steps, on the other hand, are joined together by the motif of the journey underlined by the term "passus," which indicates precisely a path, though a spiritual one. In the first six steps Angela is purified through suffering and the gift of penitential tears. This experience leads to confession and shame, but also to self-knowledge and the love of God.
Angela of Foligno's Memorial by Cristina Mazzoni, John Cirignano